Hastert: 'I will not be running' for Hatcher's seat in 50th

Published: Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 12:37 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 11:17 p.m. CDT

ELBURN – No one has yet formally announced their plans to jump into the race to succeed the departing Kay Hatcher as south central Kane County's state representative.

But Ethan Hastert, an Elburn village trustee and son of a former Speaker of the U.S. House, said the list of candidates for that office will not include him.

"I will not be running," Hastert said in an email sent to the Kane County Chronicle Friday morning.

This week, State Rep. Kay Hatcher, R-Yorkville, set the wheels of succession in motion when she announced she would not seek reelection in 2014, and would leave the Illinois General Assembly when her current term expires in early 2015.

Hatcher was elected to a third term as state representative in 2012, and has served in that office since 2009.

Hatcher said her husband's retirement plans prompted her to also announce her decision to leave public office after almost 25 years in various public roles.

Some local politicians have already indicated they are considering jumping into the race to succeed Hatcher in the strongly Republican 50th State House District.

County Board member Melisa Taylor, R-Sugar Grove, and Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels have said they may declare their candidacies in coming days.

Taylor has never sought state elected office. Michels unsuccessfully challenged then-State Sen. Chris Lauzen in 2010.

The 50th District also includes northern Kendall County, and at least one candidate there, Kendall County Board member Matt Prochaska, has indicated to GOP leaders in that county that he is interested in the seat.

Barb Wojnicki, chairman of the Kane County Republican Party, said she believes up to six candidates could step forward for the seat.

While some had asserted Hastert would be the likely successor to Hatcher in the district, Hastert has consistently stated to The Kane County Chronicle that he would not be running in the district.

And he restated his position on the race in response to renewed questions from The Kane County Chronicle after Hatcher's announcement.

Hastert, of Elburn, works as a lawyer at the Mayer Brown firm's office in Chicago. He was elected to the Elburn Village Board in 2011.

He unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2008, losing to current U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Winfield, in the GOP primary.

Hastert is the son of former U.S. Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert.

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